Christos (5909) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2016 otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep dark woods buried under a tan head which fades into a thick collar bordering a thin head. Swirls with little change.
Nose: sweet spiced woodsy and oaky with apricots, peaches, and plums. Spiced apples with a melted toffee glaze.
Palate: booze and spice drenched apricots, peaches, plums, and apples. Rustic along the sides with cinnamon sticks and wood. Bourbon vanillin and caramel sweetness mingles with firm rye spice.
Final Thoughts: not my favorite of the Vertical Epic beers from Stone Brewing but by all means, still a very happy quaff. Having embraced the wide world of craft beer quite a few years after Stone started their Vertical Epic series, it was even longer after that their beers were available in Florida. I am happy to have the more recent releases even as I covet all the earlier releases I am missing. C’est la vie.
(Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale) Bottle 650 ml at home, thanks to Nische! Served into a big tulip, ABV 9.4%
Deep brown colour on the body, quite hzy, murky even, with almost a finger of thick, beige head on top. Good foam retention.
The aroma has spices, cinnamon indeed, light chillie peppers, hint of caramel, belgian yeast, cookies.
Taste is mildly sweet with caramel and light toffee, cinnamon following, not much of the chillies on the taste, bready malts, cookies, cinnamon rolls, faint alcohol.
Medium thick body with good carbonation, sightly sticky on the palate.
Pretty good, it has held very well.
alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a murky reddish brown color with aroma:of toffee, plums, raisins, and cinnamon. Toffee sweetness with .dark fruit, cinnamon, and hint of chile pepper. Very nice. Hoprider (784) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours mahogony deep red. Light film of foam N: vinous and with hints of peppers T: sweet old ale taste. Great old Dusty caramel. Perfect spice, coffee aftertaste getting dry and slightly bitter in the finish Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear brown of color with a yellow head. An aroma of sweets, pepper, caramel, red berries, pernod, anis and oxidiexed. A flavor of caramel, red berries, dry, cinnamon and brandy.oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
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Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.
lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Version 2. Ah, fresh hops. This is really good. Nice sweetness hidden under a gentle but very present hop flavor. Nice carbonation that is a light body and lively but not intense. A bit overly cloudy. jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle. It poured a reddish/brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of chiles, cinnamon, raisin and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with more chiles. malts and a spicy sweet finish. AWISLguy (3429) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
650ml bottle cellared 4 years and shared by all during the family Christmas vertical with the 08/09/10/11/12. Thanks for the help, bro, in acquiring these. Dark reddish pour. Cinnamon, chiles in the nose. Taste leads with that but the main player turns out to be a bit more of an amber. Sweet, wit h the other presence around the edges. Chiles mellowed out over the time? 13.4 tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Mild roasted chili flavor in an amber ale. Uses Belgian yeast for slight banana after taste.
Second tasting was a bit different. More roasted chili flavor and aroma. Not as much banana as before.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone alex_leit (5316) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle 650 ml. 4 years old. Bronze-amber color with noisy cream foam. Aroma: pleasant,sweetness and port wine, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon and other spices, light chilies. Taste: malt sweetness, port wine or sherry, caramel, toffee and dried fruits (figs, raisins, plums and apricots), spices, cinnamon. Finish rather dry with chilies and hop bitterness. Great brew, good balanced (thanks aging).